Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 4-hour lectures per semester
2 x 8-hour workshops per semester
1 x 8-hour project work weekly
Prerequisites
1 Admission into MSPP-Master of Speech Pathology
2 1 of SPTH9120, SPTH9116
3 Admission into MPT-Master of Physiotherapy
3a Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
4 PHYT9010 - Health Promotion and Leadership in Physiotherapy
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or ((3 or 3a) and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
SPTH9216 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Basic knowledge of research skills and practices developed in the Master of Speech Pathology or the Master of Physiotherapy. Knowledge of relevant health professional theory and practice is assumed.
Assessment
Assignments; Oral
Topic description
In this topic, students develop the knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice in health professional practice. Students will partner with clinicians to formulate an answerable clinical question. Once the question is determined, they will search for the current best evidence, critically appraise the evidence, synthesise it and make recommendations about practice based on the integration of client/family values, clinical expertise and research evidence. This will be presented within an evidence-based practice framework.
Educational aims
This topic aims to facilitate students' ability to:

  1. Formulate answerable clinical questions
  2. Locate and evaluate evidence to support and enhance their clinical practice
  3. Evaluate the quality of research and other relevant evidence
  4. Integrate research evidence with client/family values and clinical expertise in the diagnosis, assessment or management of clients to formulate recommendations to guide clinical practice
  5. Enable students to develop skills in oral and written presentation of research findings
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Assess the suitability of a range of research findings to answer a specific clinical question

  • Analyse and evaluate the quality of research in terms of methodological rigour

  • Apply the principles of evidence-based practice in their everyday practice

  • Present research findings in oral and written form.